Category: Restaurants

Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

| 20/02/2013 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

In many Arab Muslim countries, a meal without meat is seen as substandard, not even a meal. A vegetarian’s dining experience can often become a quest to dodge the following attempts at corrective feeding: “Allah lets you eat meat, so you should eat it.”

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Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

This certificate and the opportunity to establish halal sections within restaurants and hotels will boost halal tourism in Turkey. Turkey was rated the world’s third-most Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a survey released Jan. 17.

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UAE: Tough penalties for flouting rules on pork sales

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Tough penalties for flouting rules on pork sales

Dubai: Authorities have warned food establishments to abide by the rules when handling and selling pork products to avoid facing hefty fines and having their licences revoked.

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Halal Service Certificates issued in Turkey

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Halal Service Certificates issued in Turkey

Turkish Standard Institute TSE has started to issue “Halal Service Certificates” for catering factories, restaurants, cafeterias, pastry shops, grocers and fast food places in the scope of its halal certification policy.

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Halal in Croatia – know where to go

| 01/02/2013 | Reply
Halal in Croatia – know where to go

Croatia has good relations with the Arab world (most notably with Turkey and Qatar). It marks an increasing number of visitors coming from the Middle East. Because of that, it has been becoming increasingly familiar with their specific culture and visitors’ needs.

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Malaysia: Halal Signboards not meant to discriminate

| 25/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal Signboards not meant to discriminate

Regarding an issue involving signboards that were placed at elevators on three floor levels of a fourstar hotel in Petaling Jaya which were exclusively intended for suppliers who delivered goods to the hotel, informing them that the lifts were for transporting ‘halal’ goods only.

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USA: McDonald’s To Pay $700,000 To Settle Allegations Franchise Falsely Claimed Food Complied With Halal

| 22/01/2013 | Reply
USA: McDonald’s To Pay $700,000 To Settle Allegations Franchise Falsely Claimed Food Complied With Halal

The attorney, Dakhlallah, said there are only two McDonald’s in the United States that sell Halal products and both are in Dearborn, which has one of the nation’s largest Arab and Muslim communities.

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Malaysia: Hotel explains ‘Halal’ elevator signboards

| 10/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Hotel explains ‘Halal’ elevator signboards

The controversial signboards beside three elevators at the Crystal Crown hotel here were put up to comply with the requirements stipulated by the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) regarding the transportation of non-halal food.

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Malaysia: ‘Halal’ elevators at four-star hotel

| 09/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: ‘Halal’ elevators at four-star hotel

A leading four star hotel has signboards beside several elevators which instruct that only ‘halal’ goods can be transported in the lift. The hotel definitely will do everything they can to prevent losing their halal certification as it would mean a huge loss of business for them.

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Malaysia: Ban on ‘confusing’ Halal logos begins Jan 1

| 30/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Ban on ‘confusing’ Halal logos begins Jan 1

Starting Jan 1, the use of halal logos, symbols and words such as ‘ditanggung halal’ (halal assured), ‘Muslim food’ and “Ramadan buffet’ which can confuse Muslim consumers will be banned, said Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha.

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Saudi Arabian chain Herfy outlines growth plans

| 11/12/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabian chain Herfy outlines growth plans

Since its founding in 1981 by Ahmed Hamad Al Saeed, who remains the company’s chief executive, the now-194-unit Riyadh-based Herfy chain has woven itself into the fabric of the Gulf kingdom as well as several other Middle Eastern countries.

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Malaysia: First NFC halal app to be launched soon

| 27/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: First NFC halal app to be launched soon

Developed by Malaysia Microelectronic Solutions (My-MS) Sdn Bhd, the first of its kind application is set to bring great advantage to Muslims globally, as consumers would be able to identify and authenticate restaurants and hotels that are halal certified.

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USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

“The appeal is simply the fact that people prefer American beef; it’s the best. We want Halal-certified American-approved beef,” Zubair A Razzaq, CEO and President, said, declining to give a figure for investment.

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USA: Mobile food carts increasing

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
USA: Mobile food carts increasing

These new food carts are more elaborate, virtual stainless steel kitchens on wheels, and are raising questions about whether a growing number will hurt traditional restaurants that have been the backbone of the business community.

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Malaysia: Megacoral targets 15% halal market share

| 14/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Megacoral targets 15% halal market share

Megacoral, which specialises in supplying halal Chinese cuisine to hotels under Happy Food brand, is planning to enter the retail market and is investing in a RM1 million new kitchen and headquarter in Kuala Lumpur to carve out 15% of the retail segment in this niche by 2013.

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China: Disneyland gets an Islamic flavor

| 09/11/2012 | Reply
China: Disneyland gets an Islamic flavor

Hong Kong Disneyland has introduced halal food to woo Muslims as looming competition could draw away mainlanders to Shanghai.

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USA: HALAL – The Muslims’ Business in New Jersey

| 19/10/2012 | Reply
USA: HALAL – The Muslims’ Business in New Jersey

In the year 2000, New Jersey became the first state in the U.S. to pass a bill regarding halal slaughtering and distribution. It was administered by the Halal Food Enforcement Unit of New Jersey, a subsidiary to the New Jersey Office of Consumer Protection.

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A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

In his book, The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business, author David Weber offers step-by-step advice on developing, starting and operating a successful food truck business.

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UK: Halal boss hits back at KFC accreditation critics

| 11/10/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal boss hits back at KFC accreditation critics

The president of the Halal Food Authority (HFA) – which works with major manufacturers including Premier Foods and Kerry Foods ­– has mounted a staunch defence of his organisation after it came under fire by Halal organisations.

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UK: Akbars to open Chinese Halal outlet in Bradford

| 10/10/2012 | Reply
UK: Akbars to open Chinese Halal outlet in Bradford

The Akbars Group now also has restaurants in Leeds’ Eastgate and Greek Street, plus others in Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.

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